Dr. W. Franklin Evans, the 9th President of Voorhees College, has been in the education arena over 25 years. He served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Virginia Union University in Richmond, VA where he was instrumental in leading the institution through a successful reaffirmation of accreditation and establishing an Honors College, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Arts, and a Master of Education degree. He also worked at Elizabeth City State, J. F. Drake State Technical College, Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, and Tennessee State University. He is also an experienced fundraiser and grant writer.
Evans is considered a highly skilled administrator, professor and K-12 practitioner, having worked in the Metropolitan Atlanta area as a high school teacher, department chair, and principal. He has conducted numerous faculty development workshops and served as a mentor and coach.
In 1994, Evans earned a doctoral degree in higher education administration from Georgia State University. He earned a degree in journalism, middle childhood education, curriculum and instruction, as well as administration and supervision from Georgia State University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in entomology from the University of Georgia in 1984.
Prior to being named the President of Voorhees College, Evans served as the Interim President of South Carolina State University (SCSU), in Orangeburg, SC, where he also served as the provost and chief academic officer. Evans is well-versed in many areas; these include leadership and supervision in all academic programs and curriculum development, faculty recruitment, enrollment management, strategic planning, and the accreditation process. Under his leadership as interim president of South Carolina State University, enrollment exceeded its goal and fundraising increased by 687%; alumni support also improved, and the University achieved a balanced budget.
Currently, Evans is active in many organizations such as the NAACP, Black Family Preservation Group, the National Association of Black School Educators, Toastmasters International, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. He has served on the boards of the Sickle Cell Association, Boys and Girls Club, Kiwanis Club International, and the AIDS Action Coalition. He is also an ordained elder with the Church of God in Christ Incorporated.
Evans, who enjoys traveling, playing tennis, cooking, reading and singing, hails from a long line of educators. His grandfather was a principal, and his mother, uncle, and several aunts were teachers. After being strongly encouraged by his supervisor, Dr. Evans pursued a career in K-12 administration. He chose a career in higher education because he wanted to effect change in the education of young black children by training those who would eventually educate them.